Meet Our Staff
Bronwyn T. Williams, Director
I love to write and to teach writing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in the University Writing Center. Writing is the way we connect our ideas, emotions, and lives with one another. It is essential to the intellectual life and to communicating our common humanity. As a teacher I believe that the only way to teach effectively is to listen carefully to what students have to say and work with their writing so it expresses their ideas, not ours. Our goal as writing teachers is to help students develop a rhetorical awareness that will allow them to negotiate the unfamiliar writing and reading situations they encounter both inside the university and beyond. I also believe that writing can be pleasurable and fulfilling, even as it is hard work. I have had a broad range of teaching experiences in composition and rhetoric, literature, creative writing, popular culture, and journalism. My personal webpage is at http://bronwyntwilliams.com.
Adam Robinson, Associate Director
Adam attended the University of Louisville and has worked for the University since 2006 as a Writing Center Consultant, Part-time Lecturer in the English Department, Academic Counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and now as Associate Director of the Writing Center. When he has time, Adam likes to hike, play guitar, and play softball.
Robin Blackett, Program Assistant, SR.
Robin enjoys the atmosphere in the University Writing Center. She enjoys seeing students start off coming here as first year students and continuing all the way to completing their degrees. It is also great to see the Masters and PhD students who come to the writing center to get feedback as they continue to become better and better writers in their academic careers. Finally, it is really special to see the students who work in the University Writing Center as they go through their academic careers and leave the ‘nest’ at the U of L and take wing to other exciting challenges and opportunities.
Jessica Winck, Assistant Director
Jessica is a PhD student in Rhetoric & Composition and Assistant Director of the University Writing Center. I’m from Ohio and have studied and taught writing at Ohio State, Eastern Michigan University, and here at U of L. I love working with people on their writing, and I’m grateful for the daily opportunity to share in the fun of learning with the writers I meet. When I’m not teaching or tutoring, I’m at work on a project involving public perceptions about college students and their writing.
Harley Ferris, Assistant Director
Harley began his time at Louisville as an MA student in the Writing Center and is excited to return as an Assistant Director in his 3rd year in the PhD program. His studies explore sonic rhetoric, public pedagogy, and digital composition. When not working on school, Harley spends time with his wife and three sons, watching British mysteries, attending concerts, and making music.
Meghan Hancock is a second year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. She is currently the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Writing at the Writing Center and tutors at both the Belknap and Health Sciences Campuses. Meghan is originally from Bangor, Maine and went to UMaine as an undergraduate and UMass Boston as a Master’s student. In her free time, she likes traveling, singing, and writing music.
Stephanie Weaver, Assistant Director of the Virtual Writing Center
I am Assistant Director for the Virtual Writing Center and I cover all online appointments for students in distance education courses. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. My dissertation focuses on personal narratives, politics, and digital circulation. I spend most of my free time knitting, reading comic books, and playing the mandolin.
Hannah Cunningham is originally from a tiny community in Kentucky called Nonesuch, although she has lived in Lexington for several years now. A graduate of UK, she majored in English and minored in Gender & Women's Studies. She shares her living space with a grouchy orange tabby named Amber. For the last six years, she has been part of the Lexington shadowcast for "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and spends a fair amount of her spare time making costumes for herself and the cast. When she needs a break from sewing, she reads Stephen King or works in her small garden.
Mariah Douglas is a first year M.A. student in English, after graduating with her B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Dayton this past spring. She intends to focus her academic studies in rhetoric and composition, as well as creative writing. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Mariah is an avid Notre Dame fan, lover of traveling, peanut butter enthusiast, outdoor adventurist, and an aspiring craft beer connoisseur.
Joanna Englert is a native of Louisville and a 2012 graduate of Bellarmine University, where she earned a BA in English and minored in French. After working two years in the non-profit world, she is excited to pursue her English MA at the University of Louisville. Her academic interests include modern, postmodern, and women's literature. She loves reading fiction and poetry, particularly when there is coffee in her hand and her cat, Chan, on her lap. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts and eating breakfast for dinner
Taylor Gathof was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. She recently received her B.A. in English with minors in Spanish and Communications from the University of Louisville. After working in retail throughout her undergraduate career, she is incredibly excited to be working in the UofL Writing Center while pursuing her M.A. in English. Taylor enjoys reading all types of fiction, writing short stories and plays, and attempting to watch all of the various television shows and movies recommended to her by various friends and family, all of whom are obsessed with the fact that she has never seen any Star Wars movies.
Kristin Hatten is a first-year MA student who grew up near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, TN. She went on to get her undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville in 2012. She loves to read modern and 20th century literature and revels in the dark, conflicting material delivered in such. Her future goals include casting her net wide in an attempt to land a job in publishing, editing, or marketing/writing for a small company. In her spare time, she enjoys eating delicious food, drinking Bloody Marys, and looking at pictures of cute animals.
Jamila Kareem is a second-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to teaching composition as well as literature with students at UofL, she has taught writing, literature, and humanities courses at other schools. Her students have included returning adults students at technical institutes and disadvantaged, college-bound high school seniors. She has loved writing of all sorts for as long as she can remember, including scholarly writing, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, and film writing, all of which she reads in her free time. She also spends her free time working on projects concerning issues of disadvantaged groups within academic writing communities.
Tara Lawson is a recent graduate of Lindsey Wilson College with degrees in English and History, and she will be pursuing a master’s degree in English. She plans on researching Composition and Rhetoric, particularly as pertains to writing center theory, since her dream job is to become a writing center director. She loves to read poetry, fiction, and comic books. She also enjoys going for long walks, dancing horribly, and drinking coffee religiously.
Ashley Ludewig is a third-year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition whose research is focused on the the writing practices of military students and post-9/11 literature. She is originally from South Dakota where she attended South Dakota State University and earned Bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish. Ashley later attended Southern Illinois University and earned a Master's degree in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition before moving to Louisville to begin her PhD work. Ashley has taught Composition for four years and is excited for the opportunity to work one-to-one with students from across campus on their writing projects and goals.
Haley Petcher is a Huntsville, Alabama native and an Auburn University alum (War Eagle!). She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition. Though this will be her first year working for U of L, it will be Haley’s third year as a writing consultant. Since some of her academic interests lie in writing center theory and practice, Haley is thrilled to continue consulting. When not studying or tutoring, Haley enjoys large cups of hot tea, British television shows, and Michael Jackson dance parties.
Bobby Rich is a first-year English MA student from Buckner, Kentucky and is excited to be working in the writing center. He received his BA at U of L in 2012, majoring in English, Philosophy, and Humanities, and also received his first MA in Humanities at U of L in 2014, with a major focus in Philosophy and a minor focus in Modern Culture. His literary interests are primarily in American Modernism and Postmodernism, and he intends to pursue a PhD focusing on those interests. When not being scholarly or professional, he likes to read, play music, write poetry, watch movies, travel, lift weights, cook (a lot), eat (even more), and play with his puppies, Ollie Burger and Ophelia. Sometimes he reads aloud to his puppies, though he feels the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche may not have "sunk in" with them.